So while the idea of getting a dog is still up for debate - here is the dog Dave has set his little heart on presuming I cave in and decide we can get a dog. He gave me the laundry list of why this dog puts Lassie to shame. That list is shown below:
- Excellent hunting dog, great pointer & retriever
- Level personality suited for families
- Medium sized dog: 40-65 lbs
- Short hair
- Gentle-mannered, Loyal, Loving, Caring
- Highly affectionate
- Quickly forms close bonds with their owners, including children
- Quiet - only barking if necessary or provoked
- Excellent ability to take training
- Self-cleaning dogs, only need to be bathed 5-6 times a year
- Have little noticeable "dog smell" detectable by humans
Sounds like the perfect dog right? So he sparked my interest and I went on-line to do a little more research. Turns out Vizslas have some qualities Dave forgot to mention...how convenient.
- Require 30 minutes to an hour of off leash exercise a day
- Thrives on attention, exercise & interaction. If they do not get enough attention and exercise they can easily become destructive, hyperactive & neurotic
- Under-stimulated Vizslas may also become depressed or engage in obsessive-compulsive behaviours such as persistent licking
- Vizslas are totally unsuited to be kept outside as they do not have an undercoat.
- Many Vizslas will sleep in bed with their owners if allowed, burrowing under the covers
- Vizsla are known as chewers. If you want a calm dog, do not choose a Vizsla
- The Vizsla is not recommended for apartment life. It is moderately active indoors and does best with at least an average-sized yard
So needless to say I'm feeling some reservations about the Vizsla. After all I would prefer a dog that doesn't require an anti-depressant or mood stablizier.
So a couple of questions:
Do you have or know a Vizsla? What do you think of it?
Do you have a non-Vizsla dog breed you can recommend?